"If you think it helps my goals, you don't understand my goals"
This is an easy claim and one I hear very often but it just isn't true. It is so blatantly obvious why. After the firmware has been split up from the Linux kernel and move off into a separate tarball as it is going to happen soon(http://lwn.net/Articles/414275/), what would be the purpose of linux-libre patchset be? If you even agree that it would reduce the patchset, then you must concede that it does help your goals by reducing the amount of work you are doing.